Amherst Teams Improve to 3-0 with Wins at Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst College swimming and diving teams each improved to 3-0 this afternoon, as the Lord Jeff women earned a 186-111 win at Middlebury College and the men finished with a 190-105 result. The Lord Jeffs will not return to action until Sunday, Jan. 2, when they host Union College. 

The Amherst men won 14 of 16 events, as first-year Connor Beaulieu (Windsor, CT) led the way with three individual victories. Amherst finished with the top three times in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, as well as the 200-yard individual medley, but Beaulieu edged his teammates in all three races. He was particularly impressive in the 200 IM, an event he won by more than three seconds. Bart Federak '12 (Towaco, NJ) was the runner-up in each of those three events. 

Sophomore Sheng Hu (Lake Bluff, IL) won the 200-yard freestyle before edging Middlebury's Nick Daly in the 100 by a mere six one-hundredths of a second. First-year Tyler Bulakul (Bangkok, Thailand) was dominant in the butterfly events, out-swimming the Panthers' John Dillon in the 100 after he won the 200 by nearly five seconds with a time of 1:58.58. Daly would just beat out Amherst's Alex Fraser '11 (Willowbrook, IL) in the 50-yard freestyle, but Fraser would later win the 500 in 4:49.05, an event in which the top four times went to the Lord Jeffs. 

The Jeffs opened the meet with a first-place showing in the 200-yard medley relay, but the Panthers would win the 400-yard freestyle relay to wrap up the afternoon. Rounding out Amherst's winners in the swimming events were Conor McAuliffe '14 (Andover, MA) in the 1,000-yard freestyle, Reid Fitzgerald '11 (New York, NY) in the 100-yard backstroke and Daniel Schwab '13 (San Diego, CA) in the 200 backstroke. 

It was a clean sweep for Amherst in the diving events, with Colin White '14 (Evanston, IL) coming out on top in convincing fashion on the 3-meter board (229.80) before holding off a pair of Panthers in the 1-meter session (285.30). Classmate Ian Stahl '14 (Weston, FL) placed third in the 3-meter before finishing as the runner-up on the 1-meter board. 

It was three Amherst divers against three from Middlebury on the women's side, with Meggie Meisinger '11 (St. Louis, MO) adding another pair of wins to her résumé. The Jeffs took the top three spots in the 1-meter, as Meisinger was followed by newcomers Lizzy Linsmayer '14 (Denver, CO) and Claire Wagner '14 (Evanston, IL). Meisinger would later win the 3-meter event, with Linsmayer again placing second. 

In addition to Meisinger's two victories, the Amherst women took 10 of 14 swimming events. The Panthers would win the 200 IM and 400 free relay, while Andie Tibbetts swept the backstroke races. Both breaststrokes went to Amherst first-year Abby Hahn (New York, NY), while Allison Merz '14 (Los Angeles, CA) won both of the butterfly events. Kendra Stern '11 (Albuquerque, NM) had another impressive day, winning the 100- and 200-yard freestyles handily.

After placing second to Stern in the 200 freestyle, Anna Pietrantonio '14 (Chevy Chase, MD) won the 500 with a time of 5:18.25. The Jeffs took the top four places in that event, as Pietrantonio was followed by Audrey Ingerson '14 (Irvine, CA), Becca Thompson '12 (Evanston, IL) and Annie Glancy '13 (Andover, MA). 

In their first races of the day, Thompson and Ingerson placed one-two in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Rounding out the individual winners was Katie Vincett '13 (Pittsburgh, PA), who edged teammate Brooke Bennett '11 (Arcadia, CA) in the 50 freestyle. The women's meet opened with Amherst winning the 200-yard medley relay, which consisted of Maddy Sprung-Keyser '13 (Los Angeles, CA), Rebecca Kelley '12 (Richmond, VA), Merz and Stern.